Month: February 2021

1909: WA’s First State ‘Champions’

1909: WA’s First State ‘Champions’ 1909 Western Australia and New South Wales State teams

Almost 112 years ago, a Western Australian senior State squad ventured into the unknown. Organised football in Western Australia had entered its 14th season of operation and apart from metropolitan selects playing developing townships like Collie, Bunbury, Albany and the Goldfields; the only interaction for a bona fide (since 1896) West Australian team were three […]

Vale Frank Franken

Vale Frank Franken Frank Franken and Tony Franken

Former Western Australian State team goalkeeper Frank Franken, the father of ex-Socceroos and national goalkeeping coach Tony Franken, has passed away just a few weeks short of his 86th birthday. Frank was born in Holland in 1935 and came to Australia in 1951. He showed considerable goalkeeping skills as a teenager and was snapped up […]

Congratulations Craig Deans

Congratulations Craig Deans Craig Deans

Congratulations to West Australian-born Craig Deans, who has been appointed permanent head coach of A-League side Newcastle Jets. Craig is a former centre-half with Floreat Athena, Western Knights and Bassendean Caledonian. He made 55 national league appearances in two spells with Perth Glory and also represented the WA State team several times, including high-profile contests […]

Brad Jones Stars in Saudi Super Cup Win

Brad Jones Stars in Saudi Super Cup Win Brad Jones

Goalkeeper Brad Jones has collected his second Saudi Super Cup winners medal in as many years after inspiring Al-Nassr to victory over arch-rivals Al-Hilal. The West Australian shot-stopper made several vital saves to help Al-Nassr clain the trophy with a 3-0 win on the weekend. Jones made a point-blank save to thwart South Korean star […]